Designed by Joseph G. and Mary L. Merz in 1964 in a mid-century modernist idiom, this townhouse at 44 Willow Place in Brooklyn Heights is one of three on the block by the architects, all of which reinterpret the Greek Revival colonnade row that once stood here as a sort of window-column sentinel.
This five-room place in a Neo-Grec Park Slope brownstone could make a sweet setup for a couple or small family if they can swing the monthly rent. The floor-through might even work for two or three roommates, depending on how much privacy and space they require.
This well-preserved three-family in the Stuyvesant Heights Historic District is part of a row of Romanesque and Renaissance Revival houses built between 1894 and 1897 designed by Magnus Dahlander & Associates, the prolific Swedish native architect.
There wasn’t a whole lot of detail to salvage in the transformation of this century-old, four-story row house — configured as four separate apartments and shared for decades by members of an extended family — into a triplex plus garden rental for new owners.
If you’re buying a Brooklyn townhouse in need of a big renovation, there’s a good chance it has radiators that run on either a hot water or steam heating system. Deciding what to do with the radiators — whether to replace, restore or remove them in favor of a forced-air heating and cooling system — can have a major impact on the look of the house, and on the budget.
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